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Upcoming Events

  

Family Picnic Day

Family Picnic 2019

 Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Celebrate with yours at the Homestead! Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of the museum, play games, make crafts, and tour our historic houses and cemetery. 

 

Portola Hike and Panel Discussion

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 8 to 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Free; advance reservation recommended.

Attend one or both of these programs reflecting on the lasting impact of the Portolá Expedition. In the morning, take part in a moderate guided hike in the Puente Hills near where the Expedition passed. Later, join members of the Homestead, Orange County Historical Society, and Kizh Nation in a conversation about the aftereffect of Portolá's trek. Space is limited and sign ups begin June 14.

 

 

 

Past Events 

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 Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019

• Tours in English depart both days at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.

• Free; tour sizes are limited and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis

What's in the basement you ask? This tour will show you! See basements and other areas that are seldom seen by the public.

Hour-long tours are free, but space on each tour is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The tour includes multiple staircases that cannot accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

Flirting With History

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Celebrate all forms of love this Valentine's Day! Hear family letters about passion, unrequited love, and heartbreak as you tour the historic houses. Express affection or disdain through the language of flowers, create tokens of love, and bring a picnic to enjoy in the museum's gardens.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

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Saturday & Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2019

• Tours in English depart both days at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. Tour in Spanish available on Sunday at 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
• Free; tour sizes are limited and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis

What's in the basement you ask? This tour will show you! See basements and other areas that are seldom seen by the public.

Hour-long tours are free, but space on each tour is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The tour includes multiple staircases that cannot accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

Christmas Calamities: A Living History Tour

Sunday, December 2, 2018; tours depart hourly at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m

Sing, dance, decorate, or cheer on fellow visitors as you immerse yourself in a recreated 1920s Christmas pageant. Enjoy crafts and sweet treats before or after joining costumed characters inside the Temple family's festively decorated home. 

Tickets are $6 for adults; $4 for seniors (55+)/students.

Space is limited.

 

A Weekend of Holiday Merriment
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 12 to 4 p.m. & Sunday, December 9, 12 to 5:30 p.m.

How did Christmas in Los Angeles change from the days of the Mexican ranchos through the 1920s? See for yourself as you tour our decorated historic houses. Make crafts, enjoy music, visit with Santa Claus, and more!

Free; picnics are welcome.

 

 

Christmas Unwrapped2018 Christmas Unwrapped flyer

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2018; tours depart hourly at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.

Learn the ins an outs of decorating our historic houses for the holidays! Tour the museum with the staff members who make the magic happen.

Free; space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

The End of the Great WarThe end of the great war

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2 to 5 p.m.

Spend Veterans' Day commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The program will include a staged reading of R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End, a moving play that follows a group of British officers on the front line in a dugout in the trenches in France.

Free; advance registration is recommended.

 

 

Sorrowful Soirée Sorrowful Soiree

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3 to 7 p.m.

Celebrate life as you learn about death at our very first Sorrowful Soirée. People's relationship with death changed dramatically between the time that the Workman and Temple families lived at the Homestead. Come and learn more as you enjoy special tours and activities. We'll also celebrate some favorite seasonal traditions of the modern day that have rich histories of their own like trick-or-treating and making costumes.

Free; picnics are welcome.

 

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours 

homestead_11-3-14-1064-EditSaturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018

• Tours depart both days at 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m.
• Free; tour sizes are limited and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis

What's in the basement you ask? This tour will show you! See basements and other areas that are seldom seen by the public.

Hour-long tours are free, but space on each tour is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: The tour includes multiple staircases that cannot accommodate visitors with limited mobility.

 

Family Picnic Day Language of Flowers Activity_2.11.18

 Sunday, May 27, 2018, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Celebrate with yours at the Homestead! Bring a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds of the museum, play games, make crafts, and take a tour of our historic houses. Enjoy a special performance of Proposin', a one-act play, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m on the Workman House porch!
 

*Please note that food will not be for sale at this event. And please, no alcohol or pets.
 

Summer Picnic Summer Picnic Publicity Shot

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 12 to 4 p.m.

• Free; no reservation required.

• Traditional picnic setups only (no umbrellas, pop-ups, grills, radios, or access to electricity).

Kick off the summer with a variety of games, crafts, and other activities on our beautiful grounds. Bring your own picnic and relax on the West Lawn next to La Casa Nueva, our 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion. 

*Please note that food will not be for sale at this event. And please, no alcohol or pets.